Joe Passaro had an outstanding career as a student-athlete at William Floyd High School. He was a true scholar-athlete with an 89 overall average earning him the New York State Gold Key Award, Suffolk Zone Award and 1978 Outstanding Male Athlete of the Year Award for William Floyd.
In baseball, Joe was a three-year starter with 85 consecutive varsity starts. He was named All-League twice and tied the school record as a sophomore for triples with five in one season. In his sophomore year, Joe started on the 1976 baseball team that finished the year with the best overall regular season record on Long Island and entered the playoffs as the #1 seed in Section XI. He was referred to by a local newspaper that year as the “Pete Rose” of the team for his tenacious play and ability. Joe led the team in batting his junior and senior seasons, played on two league
championship teams and was captain of the 1978 league championship team. After graduation, Joe played Division I baseball at Hofstra University in 1979 and was the only freshman to start on the team that year.
In football, Joe was a three-year starter as a wide receiver and safety. Arguably one of the best wide receivers to ever play at William Floyd up to that point, he was named All-League twice and led the team in receptions, touchdowns and interceptions his junior and senior years. Joe earned the “Honorable Mention High School All-American” award for 1977-78 presented by Coach and Athlete magazine. He holds the school record for consecutive games with a touchdown reception (10). During his senior season, on three occasions, he caught a long touchdown pass to win or tie games with only seconds remaining helping to earn the 1978 team the nickname “4th Quarter Floyd” by Newsday.
On the basketball court, Joe played two years of varsity basketball and earned a total of 8 varsity letters in his career.